Our Purpose

The Training Collaborative works with churches and like-minded people (particularly within Queensland Baptist networks) to co-ordinate and facilitate training so people can grow as leaders and advance in their Christian ministry capabilities and capacity.  Our desire is to see people trained and equipped to lead and minister effectively so that people will come to a personal faith in Jesus Christ, grow in Christian maturity, engage in a local church and serve our world in need.

Our Approach to Training

We believe learning should be an active experience, based in real life situations.  We seek to integrate theory and practice in learning experiences that relate to actual ministry. Our goal is to apply sound learning principles in real life contexts involving action and reflection, so people learn through practice and evaluation.  As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) we offer a variety of accredited ministry programs as well as an extended range of complementary programs through our Training Associates.

Our Movement

The Training Collaborative is an initiative of Queensland Baptists (QB). QB is movement that exists to bring the collective strength of the Queensland Baptist network together to assist local churches to develop and achieve their own vision under God and bring about transformation in the lives of people within their communities.

Our Team

Andrew McCafferty is the CEO of The Training Collaborative.  Andrew’s passion for ministry training has come through his engagement in mission in local church and parachurch settings over the last two decades.  Prior to joining The Training Collaborative he served for 16 years on the staff of SU Qld where his leadership role included facilitating training for youth and children’s workers, including school chaplains.  During this period SU became the largest non-government training organisation of youth workers in the country.  In more recent years Andrew served as the CEO of the Willow Creek Association in Australia, a movement dedicated to the growth and development of Christian leaders.

Christine Thomas is the College Manager of The Training Collaborative.  Christine is committed to training people for relevant and contemporary ministry.  Christine and her husband Dean are the leaders of a Baptist church plant on the Sunshine Coast.  She also served on the staff of The Pines Training Centre for 12 years, and brings this experience and expertise in VET sector management to the Training Collaborative.

Andrew and Christine contract a group of excellent trainers and assessors to deliver their programs.  The Training Collaborative’s staff includes the staff teams of our Training Associates whom you can find listed at the bottom of this sites’ home page.